Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Alleluia, Christ is risen


to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                


Latest News

 May Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 2nd April 2017:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Matt Frost
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Evelyn Reed 
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

 Next Meeting of the PCC

4th June 10.45am at St Nicolas, Downderry


Rev’d Michael Goodland
Notice of Retirement
It is with a certain sadness that I have to inform you of my intention to retire early due to health considerations. To this effect I shall be relinquishing my title on 31st October 2017.
Ruth and I have enjoyed and hope to continue to enjoy the time spent with yourselves. It has been a priviledge to be your parish priest.
Ruth and I wish you all God’s continued blessings in the future.
Ruth and Michael



Parish Wednesday Lunches - will resume shortly at St Nicolas Church, Downderry


Home Group on Monday 22nd May, and every  Monday in June. 

10.30am for coffee    

All welcome


Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

Messy Church will meet on the third Saturday 1th June at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............


Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

 11th June at 11am at  St Germans Priory  


 Margaret's Message

       We are living in challenging times for our world and nation which creates uncertainty, leading to fear and fragmentation. But one of the great strengths of the Anglican tradition, with its calendar of seasons and celebrations, is that it has the power to root us in our wider Christian story. And so, no matter what else is going on around us, in this the season of Easter, as we approach Ascension Day and Pentecost, we are in a time of hope and renewal. It is a time when we, as the Body of Christ on earth, not only celebrate the resurrection but rededicate ourselves to God's mission.

This year in particular there is a real sense of expectation in the Church of England as we prepare to play our part in Thy Kingdom Come, a global movement of prayer, launched by our Archbishops. In this diocese alone there are many prayer events planned in churches of every size and shape across an immensely diverse county, with market towns, villages and fishing and mining communities, as well as in our cathedral town of Truro.

The invitation, taken up by congregations around the world and across denominational lines, is to pray quite simply for more people to come to know Jesus Christ and, inspired by their faith, to transform their communities and nations.  

Please show God your commitment to pray with the rest of worldwide Christian  community at the end of the month.  Our 24 hour prayer rota (from 10am on 31st May to 10am on 1st June) will be available after the services or from Margaret; a number of you have already signed up; there are some gaps to be filled.  Please pray with us, with the other parishes in Cornwall, the other churches in the UK, with our Archbishops and with the rest of the Christian world that all may come to hear of Jesus Christ. 

As Archbishop Justin put it, in launching Thy Kingdom Come: “Following Jesus has been the core point of my life and that’s one reason I want everyone to hear his voice calling to them and to learn what it is to find his love, his call, his purpose.”


St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Richard Laugharne
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow
Secretary - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.



 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, toilet rolls and toiletries, dried potato (Smash), Instant Coffee, tinned fruit and veg and jams

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

Last year (2016) St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015. The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously - and are continuing to do so...........


East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire